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'''Will Ryan''' is an American voice actor.
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| name = Will Ryan
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| birth_name = William Frank Ryan
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| birth_date = {{birth date and age|1939|11|13}}<ref>{{cite web|title=Will Ryan|url=https://filmhub.net/people/75VJj|publisher=FilmHub|accessdate=30 October 2016|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20161030203141/https://filmhub.net/people/75VJj|archive-date=30 October 2016|url-status=dead|df=dmy-all}}</ref><ref name="Hischak">{{Cite book|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=e1RTP8thtR0C&pg=PA3&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false|title=Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary|last=Hischak|first=Thomas S.|date=2011-09-15|publisher=McFarland|isbn=9780786486946|language=en}}</ref>
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| birth_place = [[United States]]
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| occupation = Voice actor, singer, musician
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| yearsactive = 1966–present
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'''William Frank Ryan''' (born November 13, 1939)<ref>{{cite web|title=Will Ryan|url=https://filmhub.net/people/75VJj|publisher=FilmHub|accessdate=30 October 2016|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20161030203141/https://filmhub.net/people/75VJj|archive-date=30 October 2016|url-status=dead|df=dmy-all}}</ref><ref name="Hischak">{{Cite book|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=e1RTP8thtR0C&pg=PA3&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false|title=Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary|last=Hischak|first=Thomas S.|date=2011-09-15|publisher=McFarland|isbn=9780786486946|language=en}}</ref> is an American voice actor, singer and musician. He achieved his breakthrough as a voice actor throughout the 80s leading into the 90s when he provided the voice of Petrie in the 1988 animated classic ''[[The Land Before Time]]''.
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He is also known for his voice work in the [[Christianity|Christian]] [[radio drama]] ''[[Adventures in Odyssey]]'' and ''[[Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin]]''.
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==Biography==
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After growing up in Cleveland, Ryan is well known for singing about the American West. In summer 1966, Will's earlier band, Wead, played a gig in Wellington, Ohio.
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In late 1970s he teamed up with [[Phil Baron]] as Willio and Phillio.<ref>[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7190/is_/ai_n29867469 Cleveland Jewish News]{{dead link|date=November 2016}}</ref> They had regular gigs on television, radio and comedy clubs and universities throughout the U.S.. They later paired up again voicing characters of best friends Teddy Ruxpin (Baron) and Grubby the Octopede (Ryan) in the [[Teddy Ruxpin]] book and tape series as well as the 1986-87 television show ''[[The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin]]''. In August 2002, Willio and Phillio returned to Cleveland for two performances at historic Cain Park and another at the famed Beachland Ballroom. At the Cain Park show, friend Alec Nordstrom of Hudson was invited onstage. Cleveland's revered rock critic and "world's oldest teenager," Jane Scott, attended and reviewed the Beachland performance for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Willio and Phillio act brought Ryan back into music and after moving to [[California]], he began to write and record songs for [[The Walt Disney Company]].
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Willio and Phillio performed "I Wish it Could Be Christmas All Year Long" on a Disney Christmas album in a voice similar to [[Micky Dolenz]] of [[The Monkees]].
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He provided the voices of [[Rabbit (Winnie-the-Pooh)|Rabbit]] and [[Tigger]], and the singing voice of [[Eeyore]], in the [[Disney Channel]]'s long-running series ''[[Welcome to Pooh Corner]]'' and in many other Pooh cartoons. He also provided the voice of Barnaby the Dog on the popular series ''[[Dumbo's Circus]]''.
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In 1987, Ryan became a fixture of the radio drama ''[[Adventures in Odyssey]]'', as Eugene Meltsner, Harlow Doyle, David Harley, Patrick O'Ryan and over 100 individual characters. He voiced Rabbit in ''[[Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore]]'', Digit in ''[[An American Tail]]'', Petrie in ''[[The Land Before Time]]'', and [[Willie the Giant]] in ''[[Mickey's Christmas Carol]]''. He continues to do voice work. In 2009, he was working on the third season of ''[[Mickey Mouse Clubhouse]]'', the 21st season of ''Adventures in Odyssey'', and the new radio series of Will Ryan's Cactus County Round-Up which featured his band The Cactus County Cowboys. In the ''[[Family Guy]]'' episode "[[Road to the North Pole]]", he provided the voice for [[Winnie-the-Pooh]]. As a side project, with [[Andrew J. Lederer]] and Michael Rosenberg (Jackie Diamond),
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Will Ryan briefly performed in the '20s-style music and comedy trio The Merry Metronomes. He and Lederer also appeared from time to time as a duo, usually under the name The Natty Nabobs. He and Nick Santa Maria also perform occasionally as a vaudeville-era comedy team, Biffle & Shooster (Ryan plays the latter); and in 2013 they made their first film, a faux 1930s comedy short titled ''It's a Frame-Up!''.
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==Selected filmography==
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===Film===
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*''[[Thumbelina (1994 film)|Thumbelina]]'' - Hero, Reverend Rat, Goat (1994)
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*''[[A Troll in Central Park]]'' - Boss, Guard (1994)
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*''[[Looney Tunes: Back in Action]]'' - Papa Bear (2003)
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===Television===
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*''[[Courage the Cowardly Dog]]'' - The Duck Brothers (''Due the Liverpudlian accent he gave the ducks, many confuse his voice for [[Ringo Starr]]'s'')
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==Discography==
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*''[[Eugene Sings!]]''
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*''[[Eugene Sings! Christmas]]''
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*''Am I Cool or What?''
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*''Goin' Quackers''
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*''Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective!''
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*''Elmo Aardvark: Vintage Cartoon Sound Tracks''
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*''Elmo Aardvark: Classic Cartoon Soundtracks''
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*''Classic Songs for Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy''
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*''[[Adventures in Odyssey]]'' (Eugene Meltsner/Harlow Doyle)
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==References==
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.answers.com/topic/am-i-cool-or-what-children-album?cat=entertainment Credits for album, ''[[Am I Cool or What?]]'' featuring Ryan compositions], ''Answers.com'', Retrieved on February 10, 2008.
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*[http://www.tollbooth.org/2006/features/wryan.html Interview with Ryan] ''The Phantom Tollbooth'', Retrieved on March 26, 2008.
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*[http://www.mousetracksonline.com/profiles.html List of Walt Disney Records artists] ''Mouse Tracks'' The Story of Walt Disney Records, Retrieved on April 24, 2008.
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==External links==
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*http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3428100170.html
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*{{IMDb name|0752900|Will Ryan}}
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* {{AIOWiki|id=Will_Ryan|name=Will Ryan}}
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William Frank Ryan (born November 13, 1939)[3][2] is an American voice actor, singer and musician. He achieved his breakthrough as a voice actor throughout the 80s leading into the 90s when he provided the voice of Petrie in the 1988 animated classic The Land Before Time. He is also known for his voice work in the Christian radio drama Adventures in Odyssey and Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.

BiographyEdit

After growing up in Cleveland, Ryan is well known for singing about the American West. In summer 1966, Will's earlier band, Wead, played a gig in Wellington, Ohio.

In late 1970s he teamed up with Phil Baron as Willio and Phillio.[4] They had regular gigs on television, radio and comedy clubs and universities throughout the U.S.. They later paired up again voicing characters of best friends Teddy Ruxpin (Baron) and Grubby the Octopede (Ryan) in the Teddy Ruxpin book and tape series as well as the 1986-87 television show The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin. In August 2002, Willio and Phillio returned to Cleveland for two performances at historic Cain Park and another at the famed Beachland Ballroom. At the Cain Park show, friend Alec Nordstrom of Hudson was invited onstage. Cleveland's revered rock critic and "world's oldest teenager," Jane Scott, attended and reviewed the Beachland performance for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Willio and Phillio act brought Ryan back into music and after moving to California, he began to write and record songs for The Walt Disney Company.

Willio and Phillio performed "I Wish it Could Be Christmas All Year Long" on a Disney Christmas album in a voice similar to Micky Dolenz of The Monkees.

He provided the voices of Rabbit and Tigger, and the singing voice of Eeyore, in the Disney Channel's long-running series Welcome to Pooh Corner and in many other Pooh cartoons. He also provided the voice of Barnaby the Dog on the popular series Dumbo's Circus.

In 1987, Ryan became a fixture of the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, as Eugene Meltsner, Harlow Doyle, David Harley, Patrick O'Ryan and over 100 individual characters. He voiced Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, Digit in An American Tail, Petrie in The Land Before Time, and Willie the Giant in Mickey's Christmas Carol. He continues to do voice work. In 2009, he was working on the third season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the 21st season of Adventures in Odyssey, and the new radio series of Will Ryan's Cactus County Round-Up which featured his band The Cactus County Cowboys. In the Family Guy episode "Road to the North Pole", he provided the voice for Winnie-the-Pooh. As a side project, with Andrew J. Lederer and Michael Rosenberg (Jackie Diamond),

Will Ryan briefly performed in the '20s-style music and comedy trio The Merry Metronomes. He and Lederer also appeared from time to time as a duo, usually under the name The Natty Nabobs. He and Nick Santa Maria also perform occasionally as a vaudeville-era comedy team, Biffle & Shooster (Ryan plays the latter); and in 2013 they made their first film, a faux 1930s comedy short titled It's a Frame-Up!.

Selected filmographyEdit

FilmEdit

TelevisionEdit

DiscographyEdit

  • Eugene Sings!
  • Eugene Sings! Christmas
  • Am I Cool or What?
  • Goin' Quackers
  • Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective!
  • Elmo Aardvark: Vintage Cartoon Sound Tracks
  • Elmo Aardvark: Classic Cartoon Soundtracks
  • Classic Songs for Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy
  • Adventures in Odyssey (Eugene Meltsner/Harlow Doyle)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Will Ryan".. FilmHub. Retrieved on 30 October 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hischak, Thomas S. (2011-09-15). Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary (in en). McFarland. ISBN 9780786486946. 
  3. "Will Ryan".. FilmHub. Retrieved on 30 October 2016.
  4. Cleveland Jewish NewsScript error


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